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Santa Margarita is on deck to represent SoCal in Little League World Series




The Santa Margarita Little League team.
The Santa Margarita Little League team.
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It's Southern California versus the world in the Little League World Series. The annual youth baseball extravaganza starts this week in Pennsylvania, and Southern California's own Santa Margarita team qualified for the global tournament after winning Saturday's game.

"The last out is always the hardest one to get," CJ Ankrum, Santa Margarita head coach, told Take Two's A Martinez. "For it to be a routine little pop out in the left side in foul territory... I'd rather see that and hold my breath on that one than I would one that's driven deep into the gap."

Ankrum is now near Williamsport, Pennsylvania where his team will play their first game of the series on Saturday.

The coolest thing is we are the best team in California, which nobody can take away from us. We're the best in the West and now we're one of the best eight teams in our nation. And to be one of the final 16 in the world? That's an accomplishment in itself. 

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